Turkish President Erdogan has received congratulations from all over the world for his election victory. He himself accused foreign media of propaganda against him and again attacked the opposition.
US President Joe Biden congratulated his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on winning the historic presidential runoff. “I look forward to continuing to work together as a NATO ally on bilateral issues and shared global challenges,” Biden said on Twitter. He did not address the recent tensions in bilateral relations.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also congratulated Erdogan on Twitter and described Turkey as a “valued NATO ally and partner”. He is looking forward to further cooperation “with the government elected by the Turkish people,” said Blinken. He also referred to the high turnout and the “long democratic tradition” in Turkey.
Scholz emphasizes partnership
Chancellor Olaf Scholz praised Germany’s cooperation with Turkey after Erdogan’s election victory. “Germany and Turkey are close partners and allies – we also have strong social and economic ties,” he wrote on Twitter. He also congratulated Erdogan on his re-election. “Now we want to push our common issues with renewed vigour,” says Scholz.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also congratulated Erdogan on his re-election. “I look forward to continuing our work together and preparing for the NATO summit in July,” he wrote on Twitter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also congratulated Erdogan. Putin said Erdogan’s victory was “clear evidence” that the Turkish people support his efforts to “bolster state sovereignty and pursue an independent foreign policy.” Zelenskyj explained that he is counting on strengthening the partnership between his country and Turkey “for the security and stability of Europe”.
Weaver for the end of the accession negotiations
After Erdogan’s election victory, the chairman of the European People’s Party (EPP), Manfred Weber, spoke out in favor of ending the EU accession process with Turkey. “The last few years have shown that a close partnership is important, but that nobody wants full membership of Turkey in the EU anymore – neither Turkey nor the EU,” said the CSU politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group.
“We have to put this process aside because it blocks better relationships more than it supports them,” Weber said. Rather, the “right time has come for a general restart between the EU and Turkey on a realistic basis”. The accession negotiations were formally started in 2005, but have been on hold for several years.
Erdogan accuses western media
Erdogan himself accused the foreign media of propaganda against him after his victory. German, French and English newspapers tried to “overthrow” him but failed, Erdogan told a cheering crowd gathered in front of the presidential palace in Ankara. “You saw the dirty games,” he said.
Erdogan came to around 52.14 percent in the evening after almost all votes were counted, as the electoral authority announced on Sunday evening. His challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu received 47.86 percent of the votes.
Erdogan spoke of a victory for democracy in which nobody lost. He once again accused the opposition of being linked to terrorism, against which he now wants to take tougher action. He further promised to bring down the country’s high inflation.